London-born, NY-based artist small dogs shares new track "harlem"
small dogs is the new musical project by George Barnett, having recently left London for New York City.
His new single “harlem”, shows a more electronic and hip-hop orientated production, whilst the rest of the EP (set for March 2021) pulls on other genres as wide as Afrobeat, Folk and Trip-Hop.
Whilst these genres are diverse and Barnett's daily inspirations range from Fela Kuti, to Bon Iver and J-Hus, the aim of small dogs is to reference these diverse sounds whilst producing coherent and atmospheric songs that allow the audience to get lost in other worlds.'
“Harlem” is an indie/hip-hop/trip-hop attempt at a modern ballad, a story of two people falling in and out of love and trying to get by living in a city.
The themes throughout “Harlem” include neighbourhoods becoming gentrified; having to get real jobs and give up artistic dreams; load of pop references (the doors 'hollywood bungalow' etc/'she's got that pink floyd tattoo), and nights out ('high on the living room floor').
The chorus is about having great life plans ('you dream of islands') that ultimately never really come about ('now we're drunk in harlem, far from all those pretty ideals in your head').
“I suppose it's just a bunch of random and scattered thoughts about being in my mid 20s living in NYC,”
“Some good and some frustrated.”
“Recording for this was done over a couple of months. I did most of the instrumentals in my studio space in Bushwick and then went back to the UK and finished the vocals and also added some atmospheres at Wise Tree Studios in Liverpool with long term collaborator and producer Rich Bond.”
“The song kinda reflects me working out what kinda music I wanted to play,”